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By Stephanie Dray

  • 2012 RITA Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2012 Golden Leaf Award
  • Historical fable Best-Seller
Sorceress. Seductress. Schemer. Cleopatra's daughter is the emperor's impossible apprentice and the single girl with the facility to ruin his empire...

Having survived her perilous early life as a royal captive of Rome, Selene pledged her loyalty to Augustus and swore she may turn into his own Cleopatra. Now the younger queen faces an doubtful future in a international land.

The magic of Isis flowing via her veins is what makes her imperative to the emperor. opposed to a backdrop of imperial politics and spiritual persecution, Cleopatra's daughter beguiles her solution to the very precipice of strength. She hasn't ever forgotten her birthright, yet will the cost of her mother's throne be greater than she's prepared to pay?

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Weeks in the past, Majesty. A missive was once despatched to Rome, however it should have handed you at the sea. I came visiting land yet used to be not on time for a while through the Garamantes in Numidia and was once not able to hold this message till ransomed via enhanced officials. ” The terrible courier were taken captive attempting to get this message to us. A gracious queen may have requested after his future health, yet i used to be too shocked. What had I been doing the day the uprising in Thebes was once placed down? whereas Egyptians have been combating Romans, had I been taking part in the kithara for the emperor? Had I been picking out robes for my marriage ceremony chest? It appeared very unlikely that i'd now not have felt the conflict of armies in my physique the way in which I felt the phrases of Isis in my blood and ache. “And what of Alexander Helios, Prince of Egypt? Is there information? Has he been captured? ” The uncomfortable silence that covered the room advised me that this question had already been requested. The courier shook his head and all eyes grew to become to Juba, together with mine. The king’s gaze fell to the scroll in his hand, and he swallowed. “Selene, there are experiences that Helios was once obvious wielding a sword in conflict. Gallus writes that they’re nonetheless sorting the lifeless yet that your brother may be stumbled on among the corpses. ” 9 I went limp. Then all the pieces of me trembled. I must have cried out. I must have screamed. I must have felt the blackness of grief shut its bony hand round my throat. but when Helios have been useless, wouldn’t i do know it? He was once blood of my blood, bone of my bone, my significant other during this lifestyles and the entire others. If he have been lifeless, the sunlight itself might cross darkish within the sky. My middle couldn’t probably pulse with existence with no the answering echo of Helios’s center someplace on the earth. I knew this. I knew this as definitely as I knew the sound of my very own voice. “How can they nonetheless be sorting the useless? ” Juba sat again, his shoulders slumped, remorse in his voice. “Because Thebes has been destroyed. ” I couldn’t make feel of this. Thebes—the urban that had as soon as been the capital of either higher and decrease Egypt—destroyed? Thebes have been nice sooner than Alexander set foot on Egyptian sands. And the Romans had destroyed it? I tasted sand, estimated toppled towers, and smelled the smoke as Thebes burned. I quaked at this insanity. “What have you ever Romans performed? ” lots of the males stared blankly, maintaining the stiff specialist disinterest of the Roman soldier, yet a few cringed. maybe they’d heard the whispers that i used to be a sorceress who held crocodiles in my thrall. might be they have been frightened of me. possibly they need to were afraid simply because I felt a poor rage and a gust of dry wind howled in the course of the outdated construction, damn the doorways. “Gods be reliable, let’s desire it’s no longer the sirocco,” anyone stated. I didn’t see who. Juba looked as if it would feel risk. “We’ll retire for the evening. My queen wishes time to grieve her brother’s demise. ” His phrases despatched me right into a wilder fury. Helios wasn’t lifeless and Juba couldn’t easily say it and make it so. My dual couldn’t be useless. now not after every little thing I’d persisted to save lots of him.

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